Latvia’s largest mobile network operator by subscribers, Latvijas Mobilais Telefons (LMT), has announced that it is now providing its 4G Long Term Evolution (LTE) service in the city of Liepaja. Having installed a total of eleven LTE-enabled base stations across Liepaja and its surroundings, LMT claims that it is the first location in the country were 4G services are available city-wide.
As noted in TeleGeography’s GlobalComms Database, looking to steal a march on its rivals, in June 2010 LMT announced that it had started testing LTE technology at a retail outlet in Liepaja, with the trials to be continued over the summer period. Customers in Rezekne and Valmiera were subsequently given access to the 4G technology in August 2010, ahead of a commercial launch which was announced in May 2011 in the town of Jurmala. The cellco’s LTE network uses spectrum in the 1800MHz band, since 2.6GHz frequencies commonly used for LTE are not expected to become available until the start of 2014.